Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.
Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.
Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the chorus of local government leaders criticizing the state budget deal.
The head of the Los Angeles city firefighters union has warned that people could die as a result of the mayor’s plan to reduce fire department operations.
Local government leaders throughout Southern California say the governor and state legislators are balancing the state’s budget on the backs of cities and counties. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more on their concern that under the budget deal announced Monday night, municipalities would lose billions of dollars.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the county’s pension fund to divest its holdings from energy companies that do business in Iran.
Los Angeles city officials Monday hailed a judge’s decision on Friday to lift most federal oversight of the LAPD. The police chief, meantime, bristled at suggestion his department engages in racial profiling. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Local government leaders throughout the Southland warn of service cutbacks if the state goes through with proposed budget cuts.
A group called Repair California is campaigning for a state constitutional convention to address myriad problems facing the golden state. One of the group's biggest backers is the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco based business group that includes Google. Governor Schwarzenegger is said to back the effort too. Repair California is holding a series of town halls across California, the latest in Los Angeles this weekend. John Grubb spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.
The Repair California organization brings its campaign for a state constitutional convention to Los Angeles this weekend.
The city of Los Angeles has decided to withdraw funding from a well-known anti-gang organization in South L.A. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
L.A.'s Homeboy Industries, which gets gang members out of gangs by giving them jobs, has taken some big funding hits. In a very frank interview for Off-Ramp, Homeboy's founder, Father Greg Boyle, told KPCC's Frank Stoltze he may have to kiss goodbye a huge amount of money the state owes Homeboy. Boyle also calls out the city and county for using Homeboy's services, like tattoo removal, without paying for them. He told Frank he's worried Homeboy may have to cut back on some of its services if it can't raise more money.
Most functions of Los Angeles County superior courts closed down Wednesday. Because of likely state budget cuts, Presiding Judge Tim McCoy ordered the court’s employees to take the day off without pay on the third Wednesday of each month. The court’s only handling emergencies, like requests for restraining orders in domestic violence cases. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, McCoy said L.A. County has the largest local court system in the country.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting Southern California.
Los Angeles County superior courts mostly closed Wednesday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the presiding judge ordered court employees to take the day off without pay - and one day each month- because of impending state budget cuts.
Most Los Angeles County Superior courts are closed today in response to impending state budget cuts.
As she faces what she describes as a “tough” re-election campaign next year, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer already has raised more than $5 million for the race. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.